war paint


Definition of war paint

1 : paint put on parts of the body (such as the face) by American Indians as a sign of going to war

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Synonyms for war paint


cosmetics, makeup, maquillage, paint

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Examples of war paint in a Sentence

a picture of a chief dressed in a headdress and war paint She piled on the war paint.

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Bindis, feathered headpieces, dashikis, war paint: Coachella street style is mired in cultural appropriation. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Dear White Women, We Need To Talk About Coachella | Pop Feminist," 13 Apr. 2018 Putting on the war paint before my @foxandfriends interview this morning. Jessica Kwong, Newsweek, "Donald Trump Jr. Bets ‘Fox & Friends’ Is ‘Only Network Out There With American Flag Smock’ During Makeup Session," 13 Mar. 2018 Sitcom Indians wear feathers and war paint and say mystical things in halting English. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "It's not just Chief Wahoo. Why American Indian images became potent, cartoonish advertising symbols," 30 Jan. 2018 After weeks of persistent persuasion, Stills accepted teammate Isaac Asiata’s offer to put on the same facial war paint which the Dolphins guard is known for wearing during games. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "A face-painted Kenny Stills catches two late TDs in Miami Dolphins comeback win over the New York Jets | Miami Herald," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of war paint

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of war paint was in 1826

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English Language Learners Definition of war paint

: paint put on the face, the arms, etc., by Native Americans before going into battle

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